14th to 18th April: Austrian Film Week in Kosovo

 

During this week, we want to present a variety of contemporary Austrian films, with a special emphasis on the work of Michael Haneke, an “absolute radical” filmmaker (Isabelle Huppert, actress) whose masterpieces with

their “trademark chill” (Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian) have greatly influenced contemporary cinema.

All films will be shown in Original language (German or French) with English and Albanian subtitles.

We wish you an interesting and enjoyable film week!

Johann Brieger, Ambassador

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AMOUR - LOVE (Michael Haneke)

Georges and Anne are an octogenarian couple. They are cultivated, retired music

teachers. Their daughter, also a musician, lives in Britain with her family. One day,

Anne has a stroke, and the couple's bond of love is severely tested.

 

MICHAEL HANEKE (1942)

He studied philosophy, psychology and theater at the University of Vienna before becoming a theater playwright, screenwriter and director. His first feature was The Seventh Continent in 1989, which screened at the Cannes Film Festival and won the Ernest Artaria Award at the Locarno International Film Festival. At the Cannes Film Festival, awards. Haneke has won include the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury for Code Unknown (2000), Grand Prize of the Jury for The Piano Teacher (2001), FIPRESCI prize and Best Director for Caché (2005), the FIPRESCI prize and Palme D'or for The White Ribbon (2009) and the Palme d'Or for Amour (2012). For Amour, he received his first Academy Award nominations for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay and Best Actress (Emmanuelle Riva) in 2013. When not directing or writing, he teaches directing at the Vienna Film Academy. He has been a member of AMPAS since 2008.

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THE WHITE RIBBON (Das weiße Band)  (Michael Haneke)

Strange things happen in a small village in the north of Germany during the years just

before World War I, which seem to be ritual punishment. The abused and suppressed

 children of the villagers seem to be at the heart of this mystery.

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CACHE (Hidden) - (Michael Haneke)

A married couple is terrorized by a series of surveillance videotapes left on their front

porch. Unmarked videocassettes arrive on their doorstep, tapes that show extended

observation of their home's exterior. At first passive and harmless, but later

accompanied by crude, disturbing crayon drawings, the tapes lead to questions about

Georges' early life that disrupt both his work and marriage.

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THE COUNTERFEITERS (Die Fälscher) (Stefan Ruzowitzky)

The Counterfeiters is the true story of the largest counterfeiting operation in history, set

up by the Nazis in 1936. Salomon "Sally" Sorowitsch is the king of counterfeiters. He

lives a mischievous life of cards, booze, and women in Berlin during the Nazi-era.

Suddenly his luck runs dry when arrested by Superintendent Friedrich Herzog.

 

STEFAN RUZOWITZKY (1961)

He was born in Vienna, Austria and is a director and writer. Ruzowitzky studied drama and history in Vienna. In the early years of his career, he directed documentaries and commercials, but also music videos of noted artist such as N’Sync, Scorpions or Die Prinzen. He is very well known for Die Fälscher (The Counterfeiters – 2007), Anatomie (2000)  and Deadfall (2012).

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SMALL FISCH (Kleine Fische) (Arco Antoniazzi) 

This is the story of two completely different brothers, who meet again after a long time at the

burial of their father. The rebellious runaway and the hesitant younger brother who still lives

with his parents antagonise until they find a mutual goal. With ambitious entrepreneurship they

try to modernise the family’s little fish shop, which they inherited from their father and want to

 adapt it to the requirements of nowadays. But the looked-for success fails. The shop does not

survive the chance of times. At the end they lose it all but finally find themselves.

 

ARCO ANTONIAZZI (1972)

Born in Bolzano, Italy. Studied Film at the Zelig School in Bolzano. Worked as a camera assistant and studied at the Vienna Film Academy. He continued his career as a sound engineer in the field of Documentary Film. He is a director and writer, known for Kleine Fische (2009), Schlagerstar (2013) and Für einen Moment (2001) 

 

 

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